Scholarcy Library User Guide

Follow this guide to get up and running with Scholarcy. The guide is also available in video format.

We also have a useful list of FAQs. And if you like tweaking things, detailed information on how to become a power user by customising your settings!

Please visit our YouTube channel for handy tips and tutorials.

Import a file

You can add PDF, Word, HTML, XML or Powerpoint files to your web library, and our AI engine will convert them into summary flashcards that you can store, export, share and annotate on any device.

Documents can be imported into your Scholarcy Library in the following ways:

1. Click the green Import button at the top right hand corner of your library and select from one of the options below. (NB: on a small screen or mobile device this may appear as a green + button)








2. There are a few ways you can import files into Scholarcy.
Copy and paste a publicly accessible URL or import via Dropbox or Google Drive:












Drag and drop a file or browse from your local folders and upload










Paste up to 5000 characters of plain text into the text pane














Adjust your settings

Scholarcy is very customisable! Settings can be found on the navigation at the left of your library. Remember to click Save after changing your settings:










  • Turn structured summary off/on: Scholarcy’s structured summary gives an overall summary of the paper broken down by Introduction, Methods, Results and Conclusion.
  • Change the length of your summaries and the number of key highlights.
  • Turn Figure and Table extraction off/on: Extraction of tables and figures is turned off by default – these can be turned on but may slow the processing of a paper down slightly.
  • Change the summary engine to V2 if you want to summarise book chapters.

For a full description of all the settings available, see our detailed guide.


Overview of a summary flashcard

View key concepts and highlights to get a quick snapshot of the main themes. Click on key concepts to look up definitions. You can also now edit key concepts and their links:






You can also edit, delete and add highlights:












Read the structured Scholarcy summary for a more detailed overview. You can also now edit this summary:












Get a quick view of all tables and figures included in the paper or chapter.

Create a new library for each subject or topic, eg: Neurobiology and move summary cards from your main library to your subject libraries to make them easier to find. (NB: if you are using a small screen or mobile device, the ‘Create library’ button may appear as a green + button)

You can delete a library by clicking on the trashcan icon next to the library name in the left-hand menu. For safety, only an empty library can be deleted.


Create folders within each library to refine your structure further, eg. Within the Neurobiology Library, add folders for conditions eg ‘Epilepsy’, ‘Alzheimers’ etc

Re-order your flashcards within a library or folder to make them easier to find eg. by date added, alphabetically tec. Do this by clicking on the headings at the top of each column.

You can also reorder individual records, folders and libraries by hitting the Move/Export/Delete button at the top of the page and dragging and dropping them.

Move flashcards between libraries and folders. To do this, hit the Move/Export/Delete button at the top of the page and select ‘move documents’. This will create check boxes next to your summary flashcards so that you can select which ones to move. Once you’ve selected your flashcards, hit the Move Selected button at the bottom of the page and choose which Library you would like to move them to.








Share Libraries with your friends and colleagues and choose whether to give them Read Only rights or Editing rights








Search and retrieve summary flashcards by entering a keyword or author name in the search bar at the top left of your library:

Find all cited papers quickly and easily by clicking on citation links within the References section of the flashcard.










If you just want a quick summary of a cited paper, simply hover over the reference and click on the ‘r’ icon next to the citation and the main points of that cited paper will pop up in a separate window.










Download the entire bibliography of a paper or book chapter from the References section of your summary flashcard and export to a RIS file. You can import this straight into your favourite reference manager.










You can also export your references directly to Zotero by clicking Download to BibTex

Export multiple tables to a single Excel spreadsheet to see workings, calculations and tabular data more clearly.







View more detailed images of figures. Scholarcy Library extracts figures and captions from research papers and book chapters. Expand the Figures tab in the Summary Flashcard and click on an image to get an enlarged view.








Export your summary flashcard to Word, Excel or a RIS file. It’s now really easy to export single or multiple flashcards to any of these file formats. Simply hit the Move/Export/Delete button at the top of the page and select the flashcard/s you want to export by checking the box to the left of the flashcard. Then select the file format you want to export to and hit the Export Selected button.  This will download a Word, Excel or RIS file that you can download, edit and save.










Edit flashcard metadata. Change the file name, title, author and year of the paper by clicking on the edit icon next to the flashcard.














Add your own notes to a flashcard. Your notes will be included when you export your flashcards.